The Root Project is a group of socially conscious chefs, foodies, entrepreneurs and influencers who are committed to sustainable agriculture as a means of economic development in Haiti. Our goal is to plant one million coffee and cacao trees.

How it Works

Proceeds of the fundraising campaign will go to the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), a leading development organization in Haiti, which will be implemented by their local partner Agridev. In addition to planting the trees, PADF and Agridev will support organic and fair-trade certification of the specialty-grade coffee and cacao.

We have pre-selected Haitian fair-trade and organic coffee and cacao co-ops in need of support. We will collaborate with these co-ops and organized networks of Haitian farmers to help them cultivate and maintain specialty-grade coffee and cacao production, through the support and management of PADF and Agridev. All funding and oversight will be managed by PADF


Farmers in Haiti have lost their livelihoods and are struggling right now. Through this campaign we want to support them and do our part to see them through this difficult time. We strongly believe in sustainable agriculture as a means for economic development.
— Dominique Crenn, chef/owner of Atelier Crenn, a two-Michelin star San Francisco restaurant
Dominique Crenn visits coffee farmers in southern Haiti in February 2017.

Dominique Crenn visits coffee farmers in southern Haiti in February 2017.